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Jim Bogen

1112 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206
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Brief Bio

Jim Bogen came to Pittsburgh after retiring from Pitzer College. He was a Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. His interests include ancient Greek Philosophy, Wittgenstein, epistemology of science, and topics in the history and philosophy of neurosciences.

Jim has co-authored articles on data and phenomena with Jim Woodward (including 'Saving the Phenomena' , Phil Review, July 88, 'Observations, Theories, and the Evolution of the Human Spirit' Philosophy of Science, Dec. 1992) and with JE McGuire ('Aristotle's Great Clock', Philosophy Research Archives, 1986-87). He wrote Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language (RKP 1972) and coedited and contributed to How Things Are: Studies in Predication in the History of Philosophy and Science, Reidel, 1985. 

Some of his other publications are 'Aristotelian Contrariety', Topoi, Mar.1991.'Contrariety and Change in Aristotle', Phronesis, #1,1992, 'Fire in the Belly' (on Aristotelian chemistry and compositional analysis) in F Lewis, R Bolton, eds., Form, Matter, and Mixture, Oxford 1996, and 'Wittgenstein's Tractatus' in Shanker & Parkinson, ed., The Routledge History of Philosophy, vol. IX, London 1996. Forthcoming publications include 'Two as Good as a Hundred:: The Use of Poorly Replicated Evidence in Some 19th Century Neuroscience' (Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Vol. 32, No. 3, 2001), 'Functional Imaging-some Epistemic Hot Spots' ( in P Machamer, R Grush, P McLaughlin, eds., Theory and Method in the Neurosciences, University of Pittsburgh Press) and 'Functional Brain Imaging: a Custard Pie for Epistemologists' (J Barrett, ed., Proceedings of the PSA 2000), ‘Analyzing Causality: The Opposite of Counterfactual is Factual', International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 18, No. 1, March, 2004), ‘Regularities and Causality; Generalizations and Causal Explanations', forthcoming, Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences.


Some Articles

Saving the Phenomena (with Jim Woodward)
Observations, Theories and the Evolution of the Human Spirit (with Jim Woodward)
Aristotle on Motion, Change, and Predication (with James E. McGuire)
Analyzing Causality; the Opposite of Counterfactual is Factual
Causally Productive Activities
Regularities and Causality; Generalizations and Causal Explanations
Evading the IRS (with Jim Woodward)
Suicide and Virtue Ethics